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EasyJet to create new company in Austria for Brexit

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EasyJet has applied for a new air operator's certificate in Austria to continue flying in the European Union after Brexit regardless of the final deal, the British carrier said today.

The application "will allow EasyJet to establish a new airline, EasyJet Europe, which will be headquartered in Vienna and will enable EasyJet to continue to operate flights both across and domestically within European countries after the has left the EU," the no-frills airline said in a statement.


EasyJet said the switch would create jobs in Austria, while no positions would be lost in the

"While the new structure will protect all of EasyJet's current flying rights within Europe, EasyJet will continue to push for the and to reach an aviation agreement which, at a minimum, will enable flights between the and EU," the statement added.

Soon after voted in a referendum a year ago in favour of exiting the EU, EasyJet applied for a European Union licence to keep flying throughout the bloc.

Britain's airline industry has soared over the last two decades under the Single European Sky system, which lifted trade restrictions on airlines.

Unless British negotiators manage to secure preferential conditions, British airlines could lose this status once the country leaves the

This will mean they no longer enjoy rights including being able to freely set airfares, and to launch any route in without getting prior authorisation.

Passengers leaving or arriving in the United Kingdom will face new taxes and British airlines face obstacles and delays in developing new routes.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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